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Alchemy Dance Improvisation

Alchemy Dance, Anne O'Keeffe, 2019. Photo by Romeo Viglino
5 November—8 December 2019

Upstairs Studio

5 November—3 December

24 November

8 December


Attendance from $360


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Alchemy classes are for dancers wishing to explore improvisation as a means to discover deep levels of embodiment, connection and presence. A safe, generous space is provided for beginners and experienced movers, with participants exploring and developing their movement expression with support and encouragement from the group. Using dance, writing, drawing and witnessing, these workshops are designed for those wishing to honor the unique qualities of their moving body, embrace authenticity and expand understanding of the creative process.

Gentle bodywork techniques (‘touch facilitation’) are used to release hidden tension patterns and blocks, allowing an expansion of movement vocabulary. Core exercises affirm and deepen understanding of the unique personal and aesthetic choices we make in the moment. Improvised performance or sharing events provides an opportunity to fully embrace and celebrate these impulses in the presence of witnesses.

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Anne O’Keeffe is a dancer, actor, choreographer and teacher, who has taught movement-based improvisation since 1984 – inspired by Skinner Releasing Technique, Al Wunder, Stephanie Skura, Eva Karczag and Min Tanaka. Anne teaches Improvisation to dancers and Movement to actors at the Victorian College of the Arts and 16th Street Actor’s Studio. Her teaching emphasises integration and transformation through conscious embodiment and she provides a warm, generous space where movement can be explored soulfully and joyfully. She has been developing and facilitating the Alchemy classes for over 15 years.

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